An excellent trip, made all the better by having an excellent Tour Guide, Nee, and helpers and an excellent group to be with.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Difficult to pin this one down to a single moment. Cycling through three different Asian countries and seeing the differing countryside and experiencing the different cultures (albeit briefly in many instances) was great. Getting roasted in 40 degree heat and then soaked 10 minutes later I also found great. Seeing the Wats aren't necessarily my sort of thing, but Angkor Wat was good and the other temples were just as interesting in their own way.
The most moving part for me was seeing the Floating Village where you can appreciate how lucky we are compared to how other families have to live. Similarly, visiting the Killing Fields and S21 was an emotional day.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent. I'd seen previous reviews saying how good Nee was and was pleased when it was her that picked us up at the airport. She was experienced at doing the trip and this showed. She was confident and informative at all times. She managed to get 18 of us up and out at the right time and, although it didn't show, she paced the group well to get us where we were going and arrive at reasonable times. She got to know the abilities and requirements of each member of the group very quickly thereby keeping all of us happy. She was always observant noticing if anything wasn't right and primarily, she kept us as safe as possible.
Further, the logistics of organising 18 people through 2 border crossings, in different hotels most nights, with different guides, different Support and Mechanical teams in different countries, and all the organisation for the individual buses to the Temples or from Seam Reap to Phnom Penn for example etc., this must be immense but it happened seamlessly. So good organisational skills too.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don't overpack. You can get laundry done at various points and is good and cheap.
Many of our group cycled in Sandals and they were fine so Quick Drying shoes would be good (but with a toe cap for protection and a stiffish sole).
A waterproof camera (if you're into taking pictures) as you don't generally have to carry anything on your bike but may want to take a snap or two.
Be prepared to get wet in the rainy season. You won't get cold though. It's a personal choice whether you use a waterproof - Many didn't on our trip and were fine.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The first few days in Thailand are the hardest cycle days so be prepared for that but it's mainly flat so generally manageable.
Be prepared to spend about $150 to $170 in tips in total (Incl the Tour Guide). Although there is a 'tipping' kitty which is great there always seems to be another collection for a guide who isn't part of the kitty which can get confusing and tedious. But you just need to remember that there are an awful lot of people that assist you throughout the trip and over 14 days and it's still very reasonable.
If in doubt about choosing this trip, don't be, go for it, it was great.